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Darrington, North Carolina (USA), circa 1961.

Item #: SCP-3089

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: A Foundation-operated bot (I/O-SILVER) is to monitor online communities for markers associated with SCP-3089. Should a community infected with SCP-3089 be identified, a joint operation involving MTF Mu-4 ("Debuggers"), MTF Nu-13 ("Rasczak's Roughnecks"), and MTF Gamma-5 ("Red Herrings") is to be conducted to contain all members of this community and remove all evidence of its existence from the public record.

Prior to shedding their epidermis, SCP-3089-A instances are to be confined to standard human containment cells. Instances in Stage II are to be remotely monitored by Foundation medical staff on a 48-hour cycle to monitor their progression.

Stage III instances are to be transferred to HTH containment cells1.

Description: SCP-3089 is a phenomenon that emerges among communities focused on developing methods to acquire physical, financial, and social prosperity. Although its precise pathology is not yet understood, affected communities are identified by several markers — the most prominent of which is a fixation on achieving material success via the application of rituals associated with the Cétlaidí, or "Singers" (a Druidic cult active in Ireland between the 15th and 19th centuries).


SCP-3089-A instance (Stage III, post-autopsy).

SCP-3089-A instances are members of an affected community afflicted with SCP-3089-B — a form of chimerism incorporating exogenous genetic material from the Cicadetta montana, or New Forest cicada. SCP-3089-B emerges in accordance to the following progression:

  • Stage I: Chrysalis. The instance enters a state of severely depressed metabolism, brain activity, heart-rate, and body temperature. Over a period of 3-6 hours, the instance's epidermis hardens into a dense, brittle shell.
  • Stage II: Metamorphosis. Numerous small internal teratomas manifest within the instance. Over a period of 2-3 weeks, these tumors expand and dissolve surrounding soft tissue, replacing all functionality.
  • Stage III: Emergence. Once the majority of soft tissue has been replaced, the instance exits its dormant state, exuviates its outer epidermal shell, and emerges. It is now non-communicative, and will attempt to burrow into soil via any means at its disposal.

At Stage III, numerous organs (including eyes, lungs, and internal genitalia) are now vestigial; examination of the brain shows severe deviations from topographical norms.

SCP-3089 was first discovered by the Foundation in 1961 following the disappearance of an entire town's population in North Carolina. This town has since been demolished, and the region surrounding it purchased for observation.

Addendum 3089.1: Ministry of the Sevenfold Blessing

The following audio was recovered from magnetic cassettes found in the offices of the Ministry of the Sevenfold Blessing, located in Darrington, North Carolina (USA). They consist of recorded sermons given by Pastor Bartholomew Jenner; each was labeled with the name of the sermon and the date on which it was given.

Addendum 3089.2: Additional Materials

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